If I had to define this past weekend, it would essentially be defined by the amount of ice cream that my sister and I consumed. She came to visit for a long weekend so naturally I had a bunch of activities in mind. Luckily, we both agreed that it would involve eating, wandering around, and watching Orange is the New Black. On Thursday and Friday (since I clearly hadn't gotten enough of them last weekend) I dragged Molly back to Blue Marble Ice Cream and Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe. On Saturday we walked over the Manhattan Bridge, something I've been wanting to do for a while. I've done the Brooklyn Bridge a few times but I had always heard about the great views from the less popular bridge. They didn't disappoint! The other highlight of the weekend was finally going to Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream in the Lower East Side. I had the salted pretzel caramel ice cream, which was a tad on the salty side (normally I like salty ice creams with just a hint of salt). My sister had that too but also mixed it with angel food ice cream which I think cut the saltiness a bit. Morgenstern's has such interesting flavors and I can't wait to go back and try green tea pistachio, raw milk, and blueberry labne. Molly and I finished the weekend off with dinner at Henry Public and a delicious and tangy cocktail. I hope everyone has a great week!
I have seriously been the worst at posting on here, but I am going to make a concerted effort to be better and to post on a consistent basis. I still have been taking just as many photos, so I'm hoping to get everything caught up over the next couple of weeks. We'll see.
Big news - at the end of April I moved to Brooklyn Heights. Since then I've taken an embarrassingly large amount of photos. I swear that people probably see me and wonder why I am sketchily taking pictures of their apartment building. I can't help it! Everything is so pretty and the addition of the warm weather just gives me more reason to explore my new neighborhood. Also, summer Fridays have kicked in at work, making each weekend that much better. On Friday, a group of us at work left and immediately went to the Shake Shack in TriBeCa. I haven't been there in over a year and forgot how amazing the black and white shake is. Yum. On Saturday, I met with my two friends for brunch at Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe in the West Village. I've been dying to try this place forever and it was amazing. I had an iced latte and the avocado smash - it must have had 3 avocados! My sisters is visiting this weekend and I may have to drag her back so I can get a better photo. Afterwards I saw the Entourage movie - which I have been waiting for for two years and is my guilty pleasure, even though I know it's terrible.
This morning I made a Coconut Bread from Smitten Kitchen that's so good! It's very subtle and delicious. You can get the recipe here. The only change I made was using coconut milk instead of regular milk. Afterwards I took a stroll to Vinegar Hill to meet a friend and it was interesting getting to explore that area a bit. It's so quiet down there but I love the charming cobblestone streets.
I'm going to try to keep up a regular routine with this! Especially since I feel like I should be doing something more productive than coming home from the gym after work and watching 10 episodes of a random show. Although, Orange is the New Black is back next week and I can't wait. Hope everyone has a good week!
I never really considered myself a fan of French food, but after having been to Buvette twice, I have definitely come around. Buvette is a tiny, bustling restaurant in the West Village with an open kitchen behind the bar. Both times I went were for brunch, but I have heard that dinner is great as well, and that they have amazing cheese spreads. The second time I went I had a Croque Madame - perfectly cheesy and crunchy with freshly sliced proscuitto. Buvette also serves espresso based coffee (something I think is a plus) and their cappuccino is amazing. They also have an amazing Instagram account. If you don't mind a crowd, and possibly a wait, I definitely recommend Buvette!
I wouldn't exactly call The Donut Pub a restaurant, but if donuts are your thing this is the place for you. I happened upon it on my way to see a Banksy and since I've been having a fanatical craving for donuts lately I had to go in. The inside looks like an old school diner and there are dozens of donut flavors to choose from, including a deal where you can get a donut and a coffee for about $2.00. I went for a classic chocolate sprinkle donut that was crispy, fluffy, and one of the best choices I made all day.
I love the Murray's location at Grand Central Market so my friends and I have been wanting to try the new Cheese Bar location in Greenwich Village for a while. Finally, we went for happy hour and it was amazing. The deal is 10$ cheese flights (aka three cheese and pairings) and 2$ off of drafts and wine. I can't remember exactly what the names of the cheeses were but the gouda paired with the caramel spread was delicious. We also had a sheep (maybe) cheese paired with pickled carrots and a brie with apricot jam. I loved the cool interior and I can't wait to go back for brunch - or just more cheese! P.S. If you're looking for a great cheese to try, I recommend La Tur.